Natural hair care in the winter should look a lot different than it does for you during the spring and summer months. This statement is especially true if you reside in the colder climates where winds, frigid temperatures, and arid indoor heating rules the winter months. Natural hair care for winter focuses on protecting your hair from winter wardrobes, sealing in moisture, and choosing winter-friendly natural hairstyles. Creating a winter natural hair care routine is a must-have.
If you are not sure where to begin, check out these natural hair care tips for winter.
Your kinks, coils, and curls will demand that you boost your pre-poo and deep-conditioning practices, which should include the use of hair masks that focus on repairing brittle strands and sealing in moisture. Winter months are extremely drying for natural hair. A top-notch conditioning regimen that addresses each phase of hair care will be essential to protecting your hair during this harsh season. Aim for a 20-30 minute deep conditioning application under a hooded dryer or heating cap.
Humidifiers are a worthy investment for those seeking natural methods to infuse moisture into your hair.
Many naturalistas also recommend incorporating the practice of steaming to ensure those cuticles are open and ready to receive this bountiful moisture. You can steam your hair in the shower or by sitting beneath a steamer.
A popular investment during the winter months is humidifiers. These tiny machines serve to relieve their dry mouths and nose. However, did you know that humidifiers are just as useful for your natural hair? Humidifiers are a worthy investment for those seeking natural methods to infuse moisture into your hair. Humidifiers can help raise the moisture levels in the air indoors, where it tends to be exceptionally arid due to central heating. Also, they can assist you in protecting those precious strands from becoming dry and susceptible to breakage.
Staying warm is vital during winter months, and therefore, our natural inclination is to pull out our sweaters, wool coats, and knit caps. Unfortunately, these winter threads can damage our hair, snapping it and generating pesky split-ends. Consider purchasing clothes and hats that have natural hair-friendly linings. Satin and silk are always safe. However, if you cannot imagine not wearing your favorite sweater this winter, pull it over your head with an abundance of caution. Always take action to protect your hair when pulling that sweater over your head.
The emergence of ends can prove disappointing at any time of the year, but they can be incredibly frustrating during winter months when hair is at its most vulnerable state due to dryness. To reduce the number of split-ends adorning your head, you should adopt hair care practices that include regular trimming of split ends. After trimming your ends, seal them with a moisture-sealant oil or shea butter to minimize any new risks of breakage or splitting.
Dry, itchy scalps can be a problem during winter months, giving way to scalp irritation, inflammation, and dandruff. Be proactive in scalp care. Massage your scalp with essential oils that condition and repair the surface, stimulate circulation, and awakens your hair follicles.
Finally, don’t forget to hydrate. Many of us are guilty of not drinking adequate amounts of water during winter months because, unlike summer months, where we might sweat profusely or endure extreme heat, there are very few triggers in play to entice us to drink water. Set a few goals to drink an adequate amount of water each day. Water is essential for the healthy transport of oxygen throughout your body. Your scalp will thank you.
In closing, winter hair care is critical for the continued health of your hair and scalp. Without a winter hair care routine, your scalp and hair will suffer. Remember to take the necessary steps to moisturize your hair and scalp and be purposeful with your winter wardrobe choices.